We are in a winter wonderland today also known
as the Ice Hotel here in Quebec City. Let me take you in. Have a seat while you wait to be checked in. The vortex of time! Welcome to the Spa. This is where you come
to warm up right before going to bed. Or when you need to pee. It looks like a sauna in there. Woah. We’re going to ride the grand slide.
If you don’t fall down first. We’re going to enter the bar and drink in
glasses made of ice. What do you got in your hands? Vodka cranberry. Mmmmm. And my lips didn’t get stuck because they
prepared the ice a very special way. I couldn’t tell you how but it is a special way. Cheers! Salut! Welcome to the Medieval chamber. I slept here two weeks ago. What happened?
I survived. I’m alive. Hey, you’re here. And well! So basically like I told my husband
I looked like a beached whale. Okay. Because you’re in your sleeping bag except
first of all you go in the saunas, you go in the spas to warm up and then afterwards
you go inside and there is a whole section towards the indoor pavilion reserved completely
only for our roomed night guests. Where they have locker rooms, lockers for
their stuff, etc. So once you’re done with the spa and the sauna
you go inside and you dry off and then you put on what you’re going to need to sleep.
And it is basically a little spandex thing or it has to be artificial like fleece. It
has to be artificial, not artificial but synthetic fibers. Nothing cotton. So no white socks. Like I’m wearing right
now. Basically, you then come into your room. Access
is from nine PM to nine AM. We don’t give out rooms. We don’t do early check ins or
late checkouts. Okay, because we have visitors. All of our clients have to mingle well throughout.
So basically we arrive in your room and there are two candles or a fire place going and
it is to take the humidity out. The fireplace obviously there is no heat.
We would have a meltdown. Okay. The sleeping bags are in huge pouches and
they’re thermal sleeping bags. You are basically looking like a Mummy. Okay. Then you get on the bed. This is the fun part.
You get on the bed, you get in to your liner of your sleeping bag and then you get in the
sleeping bag and then they tell you you have to change your pair of socks. You’re like really? I’m like mummified in
this thing and you’re standing and you’re like this. So basically I went down, I then
put on a change of socks while you’re in the sleeping bag, there is absolutely no humidity
and then you mummify yourself. You’re all zipped up. This was me. This was my husband.
Okay. It’s true. My husband, I could only see his
nose. I’m like man you snore. Zip that thing back up. It didn’t work. If you’re all quiet there is no sound. It
is phenomenal to sleep here. You go to bed around midnight and then we wake up people
at eight in the morning because you’re sleeping that much. Now you’re going to say Majole,
what about the three AM pee pee? Well, it does happen. We all have to go sometimes.
And now you’re entering into my private bubble. But at five thirty in the morning I’ve got
to go pee. Whether I’m in Vancouver, whether I’m in Quebec City five thirty my alarm clock
goes. So my husband and I we said whoever wakes
up at night, whoever needs to go pee wakes the other up saying honey do you want to come
with me to the bathroom? So when I woke my husband up at five thirty he’s like I don’t
think so you’re going alone. The only iffy part is the three seconds you
put your boots back on. That’s the only thing that was cold because you’re leaving it outside.
You don’t put anything on any ice. I didn’t put my glasses on the ice because it would
go in. Literally. Okay, you put everything in your boots or in the pouch. So basically in your sleeping bag pouch. Your
coat, you open it up, you put it on your bed and then you’re sleeping on top. So it gets
your body heat. Inside your thermal sleeping bag it goes up to twenty four degrees. At
one point you’re in the night unzipped everything and I needed to breathe. I really, it’s a
good thing that there are showers here in the morning. That could also be a sign of
hypothermia you know? No, but it was really everybody you’re really hot. The minute you
unzip you see the vapor coming out. Okay. It is a sleep that you cannot have anywhere
else. The oxygen that you’re breathing in is phenomenal. And we couldn’t leave without checking out
the maple sugar shack. You lead the way. Well, I didn’t come away empty handed. Check
out this. I’ve got two different maple syrup products.